David Morgan

David Morgan

Professor of Religious Studies

External Address: 
Department Of Religious Studies, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
(919) 660-3555


David Morgan is Professor of Religious Studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. He chairs the Department of Religious Studies at Duke. Morgan received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment, was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. The Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity, based on the 2012 Cadbury Lectures delivered at the University of Birmingham, UK, appeared in 2015 from the University of California Press. Previous books include The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012), The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America (Routledge, 2007) and two that he edited and contributed to: Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief (Routledge, 2010) and Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture (Routledge, 2008). Earlier works: Visual Piety (University of California Press, 1998), Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999), and The Sacred Gaze (California, 2005). Morgan is co-founder and co-editor of the international scholarly journal, Material Religion, and co-editor of a book series at Routledge entitled “Religion, Media, and Culture.” Morgan is currently at work on a new book under contract with the University of North Carolina Press, entitled "The Thing about Religion: An Introduction to Studying the Materiality of Belief."

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1990

  • M.A., University of Arizona 1984

  • B.A., Concordia College 1980

Selected Grants

Material Religion: State of the Art awarded by Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2015

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Research & Travel Grant awarded by Stichting Porticus, Amsterdam (2004 to 2005)

NEH Humanities Fellowship awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (2001 to 2002)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and Humanities awarded by J. Paul Getty (1996 to 1997)

Pew Postdoctoral Fellowship in Religion and American History awarded by Yale University (1994 to 1995)

Bubu, OM, Brannick, M, Mortimer, J, Umasabor-Bubu, O, Sebastião, YV, Wen, Y, Schwartz, S, Borenstein, AR, Wu, Y, Morgan, D, and Anderson, WM. "Sleep, Cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Sleep 40.1 (January 2017). (Review) Full Text

Lovinger, DM, and Morgan, D. "Aryeh Routtenberg (December 1, 1939-February 27, 2016)." Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 131 (May 1, 2016): 216-217. Full Text

Lister, JJ, Harrison Bush, AL, Andel, R, Matthews, C, Morgan, D, and Edwards, JD. "Cortical auditory evoked responses of older adults with and without probable mild cognitive impairment." Clinical Neurophysiology : Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology 127.2 (February 2016): 1279-1287. Full Text

Haghighi, M, Smith, A, Morgan, D, Small, B, and Huang, S. "Identifying cost-effective predictive rules of amyloid-β level by integrating neuropsychological tests and plasma-based markers." Journal of Alzheimer'S Disease : Jad 43.4 (January 2015): 1261-1270. Full Text

Morgan, D, and Keller, RK. "What evidence would prove the amyloid hypothesis? Towards rational drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease." Journal of Alzheimer'S Disease : Jad 4.3 (June 2002): 257-260.

Paul, SM, Sensakovic, J, Podhurst, LS, Morgan, DH, and Triano-Davis, W. "Managing HIV/AIDS patients." New Jersey Medicine : the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey 95.5 (May 1998): 55-60. (Review)

Paul, SM, Cross, H, Costa, SJ, Pierce, M, Pizzuti, W, Morgan, DH, and Ziskin, LZ. "Emerging issues in AIDS: variant strains of human immunodeficiency virus and its subtypes." Mlo: Medical Laboratory Observer 30.2 (February 1998): 32-36.

Paul, SM, Costa, SJ, Cross, H, Pierce, M, Pizutti, W, Morgan, DH, and Ziskin, LZ. "Emerging infectious diseases: new and resistant strains of HIV." New Jersey Medicine : the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey 94.6 (June 1997): 43-47. (Review)

Paul, SM, Costa, SJ, Morgan, D, and Ziskin, LZ. "Recommendations for HIV occupational exposure." New Jersey Medicine : the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey 93.11 (November 1996): 49-54.


Paul, SM, Brown, JW, Gorney, M, Quinlan, KJ, and Morgan, DH. "One world. One hope. AIDS 11th International Conference Overview." October 1996.